Oct 272013
 

As I mentioned a while ago I had an evening of Heroquest gaming, and wanted to finish up as many Heroquest models as possible before that. Here are a couple of close ups of the chaos warriors and mummies.

In the interest of fast completion, I didn’t use the actual Heroquest chaos warriors (as it would’ve involved cutting off the integral base) but instead painted up four rather similar 90s plastic chaos warriors. Once I have an otherwise full set of Heroquest models painted up, I’ll replace these with the proper models and do them in the signature coloured armour of the late 80s and early 90s.

The mummies are proper Heroquest mummies though. Fastest paintjobs I’ve ever done, I think. They were spray primed Skull White, then base coated in Bleached Bone with the “flesh” parts picked out with Vallejo Cold Grey. I then drybrushed the wrappings with Skulle White. Once dry, the whole model was washed with Devlan Mud and the Cold Grey was highlighted by mixing in Dehneb Stone. They were finished in an evening, while I also did the base coats on the chaos warriors above.

Highly unassuming models, but a great satisfaction to get some stuff painted really quickly! I will try to do a unit of the chaos warriors for my plastic Warhammer project before the end of the year.

My painted total for 2013 is now 25. 10 more weeks, and less than 30 models to go. Will I make it? I highly doubt it, unless I resort to cheap tricks and underhanded tactics. That would be completely foreign to me. Forsooth.

Edit:
Here’s a photo of the zombies I had done since earlier. That’s all the currently painted stuff. 60 models or so to go for a full set of the base game + two expansions released in Swedish.

 

Sep 132012
 

Got another batch of finely detailed plastic miniatures from the 90s. This time Steve (from Tea’s Getting Cold) took pity on me (I assume because of the suffering endured when painting 16 identical dwarfs) and shipped me a box of free swag in varying states of decay.

Styrene for the styrene god!

I got 18 intact plastic dudes (6 chaos warriors, 4 beastmen, 4 goblins, 2 empire halbardiers, 1 elf archer and a dwarf) and almost double that with cut off weapons.

"Is that a beastman in your bitz box or are you just happy to see me?"

This brings my total for 2012 to 62 painted – 238 acquired = -176. I’ve vowed to paint the 18 intact models before the end of 2012, so expect to see more painted dull plastic dross on here. Before painting them, I’ll have another go at the Doom Forgers team for Dungeon Bowl. Ten more models to go there! I also have a very serious urge to paint up my “Chaos All-Stars” human team. I’ll postpone that to “after the plastics” though.

Aug 182012
 

A while ago I mentioned how I’m looking to expand on my plastic dwarf army with some non Citadel additions; the plastic solid cast crossbow dwarfs from EM4 (previously Grenadier’s plastics from their boxed game Fantasy Warriors). Paul of sho3box fame kindly offered to send me a few. I got more than a few though, so thank you very much Paul (once again)! The dwarfs look solid size wise while the orcs are a bit small and will be used as hobgoblins for the poor chaos dwarfs who only would have one troop type available. It all depends on how they paint up though. Expect a review on that soonish.

Too many misters, not enough sisters...

I also got a nice old Puggy Baconbreath (Citadel Blood Bowl star player) in the same shipment. Awesome mini! He’s filling the last halfling position in my Doom Forgers team and once I finish up the clone dwarfs I’m working on now he’s first in the painting queue.

I’ve been busy painting a little recently, but can’t show the stuff just yet. I’ve got an entry done for the Golden Gobbos (including a cheesy write-up and probably highly illegal WHFB3 stat line and special rules) and have finished a few more of my plastic dwarfs. I’ll post them as soon as I’ve got the whole unit done. Next week, probably.

So with these additions and the recent painting, the annual total is now 57 painted – 220 acquired = -163

Good thing the Reaper Bones pledge models won’t land until next year or my annual total would be shot to hell and then some! My painting plan is as follows:

  1. Finish the current unit of dwarfs for WHFB (5 models, all are WIP)
  2. Paint up Puggy in Doom Forgers’ colours (1 model, bare metal)
  3. Finish the rest of the Doom Forgers (9 models, all primed and ready for paint)
  4. Do random small critters, possibly some 18mm stuff – just to get the annual total as low as possible (and because I really feel like painting small scale fantasy). I’ve got a bunch of 28 mm wolves primed and ready for paint for instance. Also have some bats, lesser goblins (ie snotlings) and such to do. Yes, I’m going to use dirty tricks to sort out my annual total.
  5. While doing the above, I’ll also drop in on the Grenadier plastics from time to time.

I’ve rebased some minis I bought painted from people over at LAF and those will be photographed and posted here soon too. It’s been a while since I posted anything painted.

Jul 062012
 

Yeah, what the hell – Fantasy Battle?! I honestly can’t say what happened – but I picked up WHFB3 a few years ago and read the rules a month ago or so. It got me thinking that I ought to try it sometime. My basing standard doesn’t lend itself well to WHFB, so I started thinking about how I could arrange some cheap forces without too much hassle. I remembered the old 90s plastic single piece clone casts that are quite dull, but if painted properly can look good enough. I have 16 of the dwarfs, I’ve tried to sell them on many occasions but never succeeded. How fortunate! I’ve painted these as fast as possible, which in my case means black primer, base coats (with as few colours as possible) and then completely covered with washes. I then highlight using the base colour, and occasionally a lighter shade of the base colour. I’ll try switching up the base colours between my batches of five, the next five will have another blue for the tunic, and another brown for the boots and shoulderthingamajig.

Attack of the clones!

Here’s a pic of 6 of them. 10 more to go, and I have a unit. If I can (sloooowly, I’ve learned my lessons) gather some more dwarfness I should have about 1000 pts painted up “in no time”. 1000 points don’t make an army, but with 1000 pts worth of dwarfs, 1000 pts worth of men and 1000 pts worth of elves I ought to have enough to make one “good” army. I’ll do the same for orcs, goblins, chaos, skaven and so forth.

There are many sources of this type of models. Here are the few I’ve identified:
Dwarf handweapon – Advanced HeroQuest (hero, champion or similar)
Dwarf twohanded weapon – HeroQuest (another hero or somesuch)
Dwarf handweapon and shield – 90’s plastic warriors boxed sets
Dwarf handweapon and shield – Psychostyrene
Dwarf handweapon and shield – Warhammer Regiments
Dwarf handweapon – Talisman 3rd edition
Dwarf dragon slayer – Talisman 3rd edition, City

I’ll round that out with some of EM4’s quite genious plastic dwarfs from the old Fantasy Warriors boxed set, as they have crossbows and only cost a few pence each.

Finally, I’ve got a WIP pic of a dwarf I’m painting for Adam/thebinmann from LAF. I usually don’t post WIPs like this, but wanted to share the progress with Adam.

Basecoat and shading, but no highlights yet.

Edit: Forgot to update my tally for 2012! With these 6 chaps painted, I’m now at 50 painted – 189 acquired = -140. It’s getting better. Slowly. =) Nothing new for quite some time now, but then again I haven’t painted much either. I’ll try to concentrate on smaller things for a while when I’m done with the dwarfs. Might help me bolster the numbers a bit. Got three models incoming, but more on that when they get here.